GC2012: Affiliated, united churches welcomed
Bishop Rader recognizes delegates from 24 churches around the world with ties to The United Methodist Church.
GC2012: Holy conversations have unintended effect
About 300 demonstrate in response to treatment of people during some sessions on human sexuality.
April 26 wrap: Work begins
Decisions on petitions begin in earnest as presentations and events — in favor and in opposition to legislation — continue.
GC2012: Covenant for a worldwide church debuts
Dreams and hopes offered for The United Methodist Church to live out its true worldwide nature.
GC2012: King preaches message of inclusion
‘Doors to kingdom of God are wide open,’ bishop reminds delegates in April 25 worship to close intense day of work.
April 25 wrap: Opening addresses, rules
Debate on rules follows addresses by bishop, lay persons and young people. Legislative committees organize and delegates participate in holy conferencing.
GC2012: Be ‘charged, rooted, united’
Youth issue challenge to young who are a minority in the church’s decision making to overcome the barriers of age differences.
GC2012: Call for ‘resurrection revolution’
Bishop Weaver’s Episcopal Address tells journey of Congo teens from conflict to river baptism to illustrate a new life in Christ.
GC2012: Delegates set rules for business
After sessions on two days and discussion of 18 amendments, delegates approve rules as originally presented by rules committee.
Look at ‘governance,’ not programs
Paul McCleary points to difference between ‘program’ and governance ‘structures,’ suggests GC ‘executive committee’ between sessions.
Reframing the ‘Call to Action’
Bishop Thomas Bickerton identifies three disconnects with the church that affect its ability to meet its current challenges.
Faith communities can overcome AIDS epidemic
The people of God need to decide it is time to destroy HIV/AIDS, speakers said during “Lighten the Burden IV,” sponsored by the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund.
First service recalls Jesus’ seaside ministry
Maskoko Nation member consecrates worship space; Goodpaster tells delegates ‘we now gather beside Tampa Bay to clean and mend our nets.’
GC2012: Bishops limit meetings, shift roles
At session preceding General Conference, bishops change meeting schedule and role of retired members to respond to Call to Action challenge.
GC2012: How to increase accountability?
Legislation aims to increase responsibility for disciple making. United Methodists ask how bishops can be more accountable too.
General Conference 2012 officially begins
‘Jesus will show up in Tampa,’ says Goodpaster as he emphasizes the mission to ‘live out the good news of God’s love for all the world.’
Book of Resolutions guides church ministry
A.W. Martin feels General Conference 2012 must ‘make every effort to put the Book of Resolutions into serious play at every level of the church's life.’
The plan for congregational vitality
‘Seeing the world as our parish, and seeing the individuals in that world as potential disciples,’ says Bishop Thomas Bickerton, ‘is the key to a revitalization.’
Do we understand how the church works?
Evidence and experience point to knowledge gap separating members from the official stands and policies of the church.
Two views on a set-aside bishop
Pastor questions “modeling church structure after corporate practices,” while COB president says we currently “demand much of one person.”
Two views on Ministry Study report
Bloggers discuss controversial proposals “separating ordination from membership” and “eliminating guaranteed appointment.”
Bishops urged to bring peace to GC2012
Council of Bishops president says more anxiety precedes this General Conference than any in recent history.
Pan-Methodist vote set for GC2012
Approval of agreement would mean ‘full communion’ with five African-American Methodist denominations.
Two perspectives on sexuality debate
One blogger asserts “maintaining the current stance in our Discipline” as another asks, “Is there any chance the outcome will be different?”
GC2012: Will the UMC say ‘I do’ to all?
United Methodists once more will take up denomination’s ban on gay clergy and same-sex marriages as lawmaking body meets.
Two perspectives on restructuring debate
Bloggers share thoughts on which of the plans being presented might work best and discuss concerns about “who at the table is voting.”
GC2012: Where views on marriage differ
Lawmaking body will take up petitions that argue for traditional marriage between man and woman and petitions that urge a new definition.
Housing book offers tips to clergy, churches
Women’s commission compiles standards, ‘best practices’ for church-owned parsonages.
Will restructuring save money?
Yes, but the unanswered questions are how much and whether it will be enough to make a difference for local churches.
Pension-plan decisions affect generations
Michael B. Watts asks what effect decisions will have on the church and its ministry.
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